I am a Gifted and Talented Coordinator with experience teaching English Language Arts in grades 9-12, including ELD, reading intervention, co-op special education, and AP Language and Composition classes. I am constantly seeking ways to improve my practice so that all levels of students receive the best possible education. In addition to teaching, I am the education director at a summer camp for gifted and talented students.
I believe in innovation, creativity, and passion; as educators, much of what we do depends on what we prioritize in our classrooms. I try to balance Constructivist approaches with college preparation, philosophy, and social justice so that students are prepared for testing, college, and career while considering the moral and social implications of all that they do.
Summer Camp Keynote Speaker, 2012 and 2013 Technology Grant Recipient: class laptops and Promethean board National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2006-present University of Northern Colorado College of Humanities and Social Sciences Award of Excellence, 2008 University of Northern Colorado Honors Program Award of Excellence, 2008
I earned my BA in English in 2009 and my MA in Gifted and Talented Education in 2017. After my student teaching, I began teaching in an urban school district in the Denver area after working as a substitute. I have completed graduate work in teaching English Language Learners.
When I'm not in the classroom, I love spending time with my husband (also an English teacher), preschooler, toddler, and dog. We hike, camp, fish, ski, and generally soak in the great outdoors.
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Science, Social Studies - History, Physical Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, ELA Test Prep, Other (ELA), Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Valentine's Day, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Test Preparation, Close Reading, Classroom Community